October 25, 2012 2:00 PM
To advance and succeed in a university career, faculty members need support and mentoring along the way. Provost Michael Bernstein and the Office of Academic Affairs have stepped in with a new initiative to provide that kind of help.
When grant-writing seminars were offered in May 2011, 135 Tulane faculty members attended, and 92 took part in academic “survival skills” workshops in May 2012.
To build on mentoring initiatives, the office has established a fund this year to enable tenure-track faculty, especially junior faculty, to launch more robust national and international mentoring networks.
“This fund will support campus visits by accomplished senior faculty from top-tier programs and institutions to present their academic work to the community as well as participate in state-of-the-discipline discussions with Tulane faculty,” says Krousel-Wood. “The visiting colleagues will also spend time with the sponsoring faculty members, reviewing their work and academic trajectory.”
The Office of Academic Affairs website includes links to guidelines, resources, references, tools and best practices to support efforts by departments, units and schools to advance mentoring and faculty development. A searchable database of faculty research interests is available online to foster interdisciplinary collaborations.
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